Posts tagged “Landscape

Fall Postcards (Three Photographs)

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I call these postcardsbecause you see a fair amount of postcards of fall leaves and fall landscapes, reminding us of the best part of fall and not the rain or growing cold. I wanted to focus on individual leaves, but what I saw were less than perfect and my thinking was that was just the reality.


The Iceberg (Three Photographs)

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This is the Iceberg by William (Bill) Lishman that sits outside the Canadian Museum of Nature. It seems these days that the sight lines to many public installations are marred by signs and such. In this case less so than for many others, but the sculpture is so large that as you can see in the last photograph, the photo must include more than just the museum as background. Even the publicity for the sculpture did not have photos of the entire sculpture. Here I have taken some details of the sculpture and a photo of the whole scene to show its immensity.


Fall Colours (Two Photographs)

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I was able to get a couple of sets of shots. When it comes to fall colors I like vivid color which was hard to come by this year, so a softer palette against interesting backgrounds is my fall-back. I find that contrast is key, especially tonal contrast to get these kind of shots. Not a lot of work these days with modern software (NIK, Luminar etc.).


Evolution or Revolution (Three Photographs)

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Now to use an old hippy saying, I am a “keep it real” kind of guy. With all the kerfuffle over Adobe’s recent changes and decisions, it seemed a good time to think about whether for my style of photography I could replace it. I can understand the backlash against using the word “classic”, I hated that new Coke too, but I don’t share many of the other concerns). So I have done a bit of experimenting and exploring and there are many good alternatives, but as I looked at some of the products and the results from them most of the new programs seem to be about enhancing reality, not quite HDR, but just prone to an unnatural feel (or at least a lot of options to go beyond the natural). You can do some pretty surreal things in Adobe products but Lightroom and Photoshop do tend to focus on the basics.  The three photos above were part of my explorations and experiments in Luminar. I really like some of the Luminar tools and adjustment layers, to use it as a standalone would be a bit of a learning curve for me but it may well be worthwhile.


Red Leaves (Three Photographs)

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It’s not fall without red leaves. Record warmth delayed the colorful displays, then above average rainfall reduced the days to view the spectacle. One thing I have noted about fall photographsis that cameras, often due to the color profiles used, tend to over or under saturate the colors. The photo should look realistic and attention to colour is in my view one of things that needs attention with fall photography.


The Fallen (Three Photographs)

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It would not be fall without colorful leaves falling day and night. The fallen leaves create their own palettes, patterns and art. The photographer’s job is to frame the result. You can, as I have, play with the vibrance and detail. You could use digital graduated filters to pull out the detail, form, colour and light. All of this to make sure the result looks like what you envisioned when you first saw it and not flat as most results would be out of camera.


Aquarium (Three Photographs)

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I came across this flower and it reminded me of those plants you see in aquariums. In post processing I decided to do my best to craft the photo to make it look more aquatic. Just a bit of fun on a rainy day.